Prescribing

  • Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Permitted in Texas

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    If you regularly write prescriptions for controlled substances, you may find value in upgrading your technology to comply with the federal and state regulations

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  • Texas Official Schedule II Prescription Forms Update

    If you are not yet e-prescribing controlled substances (EPCS), you can still use official Schedule II prescription forms in Texas. But be aware, on Sept. 1, 2018, the official forms began including additional security features to prevent fraud.

    Effective June 1, 2019, ALL official prescription forms ordered prior to Sept. 1, 2018, will no longer be valid.

    Order prescription forms early to avoid running out. Due to the volume of orders, fulfillment for orders for new Schedule II prescription pads can exceed 8 weeks for delivery by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy

    If you anticipate running out of prescription forms, check with your electronic health record (EHR) vendor to see if it can set you up with EPCS. Sometimes the EPCS functionality can be set up within a day (depending on the vendor).

    If you don't have an EHR vendor, search for standalone e-prescribing software. The vendor can assist you with EPCS setup.

    See FAQs About Prescription Pad Orders

  • Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)

    Beginning Sept. 1, 2019, all prescribers will be required to set up an account with the Texas PMP, known as PMP Aware. An account allows physicians to check a patient’s prescription history for information that indicates illicit activity, drug abuse, drug diversion, or doctor shopping.

    Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (Online Registration) - Texas State Board of Pharmacy

    Your Video Guide to Texas' New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

    TMA Pushing To Delay PMP Mandate, Buy Time for Integration With EHRs (Texas Medicine Today, Apr. 9, 2019)

    You Write Scripts? You Better Sign Up With the PMP

    Did You Receive an Email Requiring Registration to the State’s PMP?

    Register Now

  • Opiates and Other Controlled Substances 

    Articles

    TMA Pushing To Delay PMP Mandate, Buy Time for Integration With EHRs (Texas Medicine Today, Apr. 9, 2019)

    Keep Your Patients and Practice Safe from Opioid Prescription Fraud (Texas Medicine Today, Mar. 19, 2019)

    Website Glitches Hinder New Opioid Prescription Order Forms (Texas Medicine Today, Sept. 18, 2018)

    Are You Ready for Changes to Opioid Prescribing in Texas? (Texas Medicine Today, Aug. 22, 2018)

    FDA Says No to Prescription Opioid Cough Meds for Children (Texas Medicine Today, Jan. 17, 2018)

    Three Organizations Get Early Approval to Prescribe Cannabis (Action, May 12, 2017)

    Opioids: Resources for Prescribing and Addiction Treatment (TMA Practice E-Tips, Jan. 10, 2017)

    New Law Expands Access to Naloxone (Action, Sept. 1, 2015)

    Guidance on Prescribing Schedule II Hydrocodone Products (Action, Sept. 15, 2014)

    Hydrocodone Products Reclassified as Schedule II (Aug. 29, 2014) 

    Resources

    Sample Opioid Treatment Agreement (Texas Pain Society)
    An informed consent and opioid treatment agreement is a contract between a doctor and a patient. The goal of the agreement is to ensure that patients who are taking opioid drugs do so exactly as their doctor has prescribed. This sample agreement can be used as a template for your practice. Once it is signed, be sure to incorporate it into the patient’s record in the EHR. Thank you to the Texas Pain Society for allowing TMA to link to the sample agreement.

    • Dose of Reality 
      This website includes details on approaches to preventing opioid misuse and addiction, proper pain management, safe storage of prescription painkillers, and guidelines on responding to an opioid overdose. It also features a statewide take back map of locations that accept prescription opioids for safe disposal.
  • Vendor Spotlight

     

    TMA members are now eligible to receive 15 percent off of tamper-resistant prescription pads and forms from Rx Security. Pads can be used for schedule III, IV, and V controlled substances as well as non-controlled substances. Remember, orders for schedule II prescription forms must go through the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

    Learn More About Rx Security
  • Resources

    Use the following e-prescribing resources:

    • Surescripts
      Information and guidance on how to get connected for e-prescribing 
    • Texas Prescription Monitoring Program - Online Registration
    • Dose of Reality
      This website includes details on approaches to preventing opioid misuse and addiction, proper pain management, safe storage of prescription painkillers, and guidelines on responding to an opioid overdose. It also features a statewide take back map of locations that accept prescription opioids for safe disposal.
    • Technology and Patient Safety
      This TMA webpage is dedicated to providing resources and education designed to improve the safe and effective use of technology for better health outcomes.
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